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February 8, 2010
Despite my admonishments, several clients still insist on dedicating most of their sessions to relating their dreams, often in detail so excruciating that I've considered cutting myself with cuticle scissors behind my legal pad as they speak to divert the pain.

"Do I look like Sigmund Freud?" I sometimes say. (Believe it or not, Amanda P. asked who that was, and then added, "Oh, that guy! I saw him on Oprah?")

"A little bit around the beard," Raymond K. said, causing me to laugh despite myself.

"What's so funny?" he said.

"I shaved it off yesterday," I said.

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